A Grand Approach I



A triumphal arch that formerly announced entrance to the Oak Park estate in County Carlow. Constructed of crisp granite, it dates from the late 1830s when designed by William Vitruvius Morrison for owner Colonel Henry Bruen. The external side has flanking screen walls and a carriage turn, while there are paired Ionic columns on either side of the arch. The park side is simpler with Doric pilasters. It seems the architect and his father, Sir Richard Morrison, had previously proposed a similar design to both Barons Court, County Tyrone and Castle Coole, County Fermanagh, so this is a case of third time lucky. There are rooms on either side of the arch which seemingly was occupied up to 1970. The gates which once stood inside the arch are long-since gone as this is now a public road.


One comment on “A Grand Approach I

  1. Deborah Sena says:

    Impressed that this still survives and the traffic flow through it. Your posts always inspire me to do more ‘browsing’ of a county historical sites, the Blue Book properties or look at real estate for sale. Lately it seems some houses that have been well cared for are coming on the market that I hope find a new owner. Had to pass along Erindale, Kilkenny Road, Carlow Town. The most exquisite fanlight work I have ever seen and that unusual double bow front in brick with those (contrasting styles) pointed arch windows. Lovely.

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